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The Legacy of Hartshorne Woods in the Highlands
Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Come join Gail L. Hunton, Chief of the Aquisitision and Design Department for the Monmouth County Park System as she presents The Legacy of Hartshorne Woods in the Highlands.
The scenic forests, coastal buffs, and waterfront vistas of the Navesink Highlands have been celebrated for centuries. Novelist James Fenimore Coooper called them one of the most beautiful combinations of land and water in America. The entire area was once part of the Hartshorne family estate called Portland, which at its maximum extent amounted to more than 2,400 acres. By the 1960s, development was rapidly changing the character of the Highlands, and the preservation of the Hartshorne Woods at its core was in no way a sure thing.
Come learn how Hartshorne Woods Park was born and how the park has preserved one of Monmouth County’s greatest natural and historical legacies. Today the park includes 794 acres of woodland and waterfront, as well as two historic sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places- the Hartshorne home called Portland Place, and the former Navesink Military Reservation. The speaker will share exciting ongoing work to preserve this heritage for all to enjoy.
This program is free and open to the public and will be held at the Thompson Park Visitors Center, 805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ.
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